Buying a gps dog tracker can be a hefty investment and you could end up spending a lot of money on a gadget that you stop using after a week or so. Here are all the main charactestics you need to be on the look out before making your final purchase:
- Battery: The last thing you want to do is charging the gps dog collar every day. We all agree, charging stuff is bothersome and you certainly don’t want to add an extra item in your list of things that need daily charging. Generally, the bigger the battery the better. Get a gps tracker with a battery that lasts at least a couple of days.
- Durability: Most dogs are very active, which has a direct impact on the tracker. The more durable it is the more it will last the test of time. Make sure that the tracker you are about to buy is durable enough to withstand activities like digging, crawling, chewing etc. Buying a water proof device is a must if your dogs likes to swim or play in the rain.
- Compatibility: Most gps trackers ( in the range of 50-200 $) require the use of an extra device (a pc or smartphone) to be 100 % functional. This secondary device is required to set up the tracker and is also used to show where your dog is located, to monitor activity levels etc. Make sure to check the specs of the tracker you are about to buy to see if it’s compatible with your phone/pc/apple whatever.
- GPS Interface: This essentially is the software you will be using to track your dog. Most of the time it’s just a simple app that you install on your phone. Some expensive trackers come with a stand-alone handheld unit. Get a tracker with a simple interface that you handle without much of a hassle.
- Fees and Subscriptions: All gps collars come with a small monthly or annual subscription fee. Sometimes the first year is covered for free. These fees cover the costs of using the mobile phone bands.
- Setting Up Boundaries: This is a software feature that most modern models have. Still, I think it is very important so make sure the tracker you are about to buy supports it! It comes by under various names, like “dog fence”, “virtual fence” or something similar. Essentially, it allows you to set up boundaries in your home or yard. If your dog exits the area you have specified you are instantly alarmed by email and sms.
This pretty much sums the important features you need to examine and research before buying a gps dog collar. If you came here looking for specific suggestions for a dog tracker you may want to have look over this page.
My Personal Recommendation
If money is not an issue, from personal experience I can suggest you POD 2. It’s a tad expensive but its price is more than justified. I have tried a couple ones in the past and it beats them by a long-shot. It’s super small (small enough even for cats!), comes with 2 long lasting batteries, made of high quality and durable materials, easy to use software with a lot of features etc. Give it a try and I am sure you won’t regret it!